Deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal (with cap) at Khasmahal Sadar Hospital on Tuesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Khasmahal Sadar Hospital, which has been grappling with funds crisis ever since its inauguration in January last year, seems to have found a ray of hope in a surprise visit by East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal on Tuesday.
Kaushal, who inspected the 100-bed state-owned heal hub on Tata-Hata Road for over two hours, held a meeting with East Singhbhum civil surgeon Vibha Sharan and hospital deputy superintendent Nakul Choudhary and asked them to take immediate steps to constitute the hospital management society within a week.
The long-overdue committee not only plays a crucial role in managing day-to-day affairs of the hospital, but also in receiving funds from the state government and planning its judicious use.
Sources at the hospital said they are yet to get any substantial grant from the state government till now in the absence of the management society.
“The management society should have been constituted when the hospital opened doors last year, but it was not done. The deputy commissioner will head the society as its chairman. Once operational, it will help us tide over the cash crunch because the health department allocates certain funds to the society for emergency purposes,” said the hospital’s deputy superintendent Choudhary.
Deputy commissioner Kaushal got to realise the problems being faced by the hospital, located around 3km from Jamshedpur, when he visited the spot. Kaushal, who did a recce of the wards, OPDs and departments, was shocked to find even essentials like medicines and X-ray plates missing.
“There is a shortage of X-ray plates, bedsheets, medicines and even diesel for operation of generators. The formation of the hospital management society will help in proper utilisation of funds, especially for such basic requirements. I have been told that funds have not come for a year. I will speak to the department concerned (health department) and have asked the civil surgeon to look into the issue,” Kaushal said.
The deputy commissioner also held out hope that the boundary wall around the premises would be constructed through the hospital management society while the unused incinerator would be installed within a month.
A deep-boring facility, which is not of much use now because of depletion of ground water table, will be dug up to increase the depth to over 400 feet.
JMM district president Ramesh Hansdah, who was present during the surprise inspection, pointed out that as Tata-Hata Road witnessed several mishaps, functional orthopaedic and ophthalmology units at the hospital would benefit the victims.
The hospital has OPD services in six departments — medicine, orthopaedics, surgery, eye, paediatric and gynaecology. However, due to lack of doctors and paramedics, the orthopaedics and eye units are not functioning at present.
The foundation stone for the double-storeyed facility was laid in 2007.
Spread over nearly three acres at Khasmahal, the hospital was built at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore and handed over by the engineering cell of the state health department to East Singhbhum civil surgeon in February 2012.
It finally became functional last January.